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An enjoyable look at a very interesting season
on 28 January 2014
I'm not sure what the first two (negative) reviewers were looking for in this book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I have a particular interest in the 1967 F1 season, because it was the year that I really discovered the sport, largely due to a certain well-known movie. I also like it because it was the last year that the cars were unadorned by advertising and unencumbered by airfoils, and for that matter it was the last year that all the drivers wore open-face helmets. As a longtime fan of Scuderia Ferrari, I like that fact that the book tells its story by primarily following Chris Amon's season.
It is true that the author does repeat himself at times, and also presents earlier or later happenings out of chronological order at other times, but in both cases he seems to be doing it to be emphasizing a point. The quotes from other books, mostly period pieces, help describe the times and events, and finding the appropriate quotes undoubtedly took some effort that should merit some praise. There are also excerpts from around 10 current-day interviews (as noted on the front cover) which also help set the mood. The author's references to other events and descriptions of everyday life may seem a bit out of place in a book about a racing season, but again, it's all part of the bigger story, and I think that it all works quite well.
The book is also helped by a good selection of photos, though even a couple of these are repeated to limited benefit. An appendix lists all of the events campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari in 1967 (including those in which Amon was not involved), with the results for each car. This includes Can-Am as well as the expected F1 and endurance events. And I can find no fault with the print quality or other production values of the book.
(The book also contains some well-chosen quotes from that aforementioned movie, but the author does not list the source of those quotes. If he got them from the Internet Movie Database, I should point out that I'm the bloke that put most of them on that website!)